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Lawful self-defence: John Beggs QC and Aaron Rathmell appear for the Metropolitan Police Service in case arising from Davis shooting

18th January 2016

Dismissing the claim, Mr Justice Nichol concluded:

In summary, the claim in battery fails because the Claimant was shot in lawful self-defence by Z32 who wrongly, but honestly and reasonably, believed that he was about to be shot. The claim in negligence fails because the Defendant owed the Claimant no duty of care, but, in any case, there was no material negligence on the part of the police. Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights was engaged, but it was not violated either by the act of Zi32 in shooting the Claimant, nor in consequence of the planning or conduct of the operation.
A copy of the judgment is available here
John and Aaron are currently representing Northumbria Police in the claim brought by the family of  the late PC David Rathband for alleged negligence in respect of the Raoul Moat shootings. The case is listed for two weeks

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